Junior offensive tackleBrock Stadnik was at NC State's game against Virginia Tech a couple of weekends ago and Pack Pride caught up with the talented lineman to find out how the trip went.
Stadnik, a 6-5, 280-pound tackle from Greensboro (NC) Western Guilford, is undoubtedly one of the Wolfpack's top recruiting targets in his class. His combination of size, strength and athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect and he is as polished as many senior prospects in his class.
With verbal offers from North Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, South Carolina and several other schools, in addition to NC State, already on the table, Stadnik has no shortage of options. He has decided to get an early start on the recruiting process by visiting schools whenever he can, just so he can compare them and start to make some mental notes about the schools he will be hearing from.
"I went to the NC State game against Virginia Tech and it was a really great experience," Stadnik said. "I got a chance to talk with the head coach and I got a chance to go on the field. The atmosphere was great. The fans were really hyped and I had a great time. It was too bad they couldn't win but I had a good time.
"The coaches really impressed me when I was watching film, just based on what they said. You can tell the football program is growing and getting better. That would be a great school for me to go to."
Stadnik has made it clear that he would love the opportunity to go to college with his brother Clayton, another junior offensive lineman from Western Guilford. Clayton doesn't have any offers yet but the siblings believe it's only a matter of time until opportunities present themselves.
"They're also very interested in my brother," Brock said of NC State. "They've been recruiting him since our freshman year and they've seen how much he's improved. I think that's a place we both might be able to play."
As great an experience as the NC State-Virginia Tech game was, Stadnik was equally blown away this past weekend on another trip. He just happened to be on hand for what was arguably the biggest win in South Carolina's history when the Gamecocks took down No. 1 and defending national champion Alabama.
"The fans were unbelievable and the atmosphere was just crazy. You could just feel the energy," he recalled. "They had the towels waving and there was great music. Everyone was just so happy and full of energy. It was like nothing else. I've never experienced anything like it."
Stadnik said he and his brother are thinking about attending games at Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia before the end of the year but it depends on what his schedule looks like from here on out. A few other schools are supposedly thinking about offering, such as Oregon, UVa, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Alabama, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Illinois. Before too long his offer list should be a mile long and his work will be cut out for him. Some prospects get worn out by the recruiting process but Stadnik seems to have embraced it.
"I've really enjoyed it so far," he said of the process. "It's a lot of fun. It's been a great experience."
Stadnik Recaps Trip to NC State
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